Guest column from New Orleans restaurant owner: Keep federal controls on overfishing

As the chef-owner of a restaurant in a city that relies on tourism to fuel its economy, I feel obligated to weigh in on a serious concern for our nation’s foodways: H.R. 200, the “Strengthening Fishing Communities and Increasing Flexibility in Fisheries Management Act,” an ironically named bill that would wreak havoc on fishing communities and will likely be voted on by the House of Representatives on Wednesday.

More than 30 million people are projected to bring more than $13 billion to Louisiana in 2018, and all of them are hungry for our culture. Anyone familiar with our blackened redfish and more at

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